I don’t often recirculating comments from others here. But sometimes I make an exception, and I will do so for this interview with Noam Chomsky on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now.
I do not have much to add. But if you are celebrating Easter or Passover, may I recommend that you make this part of your practice?: writing to your representatives about creating an election that is not rigged this fall? If these ancient rituals are about hope, and if we do not desire toxic hope with false positive thinking—then maybe this could be part of a way forward.
It is hard for me to be optimistic as I watch my beloved home state outrageously cheat and steal, but still I’m not prepared to entirely give up on the possibility of passably fair elections, at least in some places.
As Chomsky fleshes out with powerful arguments, I do not think it exaggerates to say that what we do—for better and for worse— to ensure a fair election this fall may be a turning point in U.S. history or even world history.
Today the world watches Wisconsin with fear and disgust, because it is a front line in a battle in which Republicans are skewing honest representation—with outrageous gerrymandering and suppression of votes from non-Republicans, and with flagrant and virulent racism.
Of course Wisconson is not the only state with gerrymandering and voter suppression, and it will not be the only place where coronavirus can be a pretext to make everything worse. There is time for many states and localities, and conceivably for people in Congress, to adjust in ways that make them more like role models as opposed to cynical hypocrites and thugs.
For the future of our children and the survival of a system that teeters on the edge of losing the rule of law entirely, I want us push for the more hopeful outcome.
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